November 2022 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 96 l NOVEMBER 2022



WOW, fall has arrived and November is here! With this time of year, we turn our minds and hearts to gratitude for all the gifts, things, and people who have touched our lives. We find ourselves especially grateful for the many blessings our beautiful Treasured Valley has provided us. We can also be a blessing to others when we turn our gratitude outward by giving to those within our communities, our neighborhoods, our schools and our families. As the leaves start falling, Mayor Jarom Wagner and the City of Caldwell are encouraging all those who can come out and Rake-Up Caldwell to give the blessing of beautifying the yards


of our senior citizens and those that are disabled. This is truly a blessing for all who participate, so grab everyone you know and go to to signup as a team or as an individual. Then meet up at the Caldwell TVCC parking lot on November 12th at 9am to mingle with your neighbors, meet some new friends, enjoy some treats, and get your raking assignments. Make sure to bring your gloves and rakes, leaf collection bags will be supplied. If you know anyone who needs help with raking up their leaves and yard, please contact Bryan Kida at bkida@cityofcaldwell. org or text 208-614-8286 to sign-up.

Along with “Rake-Up Caldwell” the city is also encouraging everyone in the community to join in the “Scouting for Food Drive” held the same day. The food drive drop off will also be at the TVCC parking lot from 8 am to 12 pm. We know that this is and will continue to be a challenging and stressful time for those with food insecurities and our local food pantries are in desperate need of nonperishable food items to keep their pantry shelves full. Some of the priority needs include canned soup, tuna, peanut butter, Mac & Cheese, canned spaghetti sauce, noodles & pastas, individual snacks (crackers & cheese/pea-

by Kelli G. Jenkins, Caldwell Justserve nut butter), granola bars, fruit snacks, and even hygiene items (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, socks, stocking hats, etc.). All food donations will help local families and individuals in need. This food drive will help fill the Caldwell Salvation Army, St. Clare’s, and WICAP food pantries; two school pantries at Caldwell School District and Vallivue School District; and, three community Blessing Boxes located at the Caldwell Public Library, the Caldwell Police Department, and the Idaho Department of Corrections. All of our local food pantries are working hard to feed the hungry in our

community and could use a hand to lift, help and love those they serve. This is a perfect season for gratitude and giving. Let’s unite as a community on November 12th by doing something small to make a big difference in the lives of others. Additionally, as we look beyond mid-November and into the holidays, we are reminded that this is always a time to bring cheer to many who are struggling to feel God’s love. Visit to find more opportunities to lift, love and give the gift of service. May you make and give some wonderful memories to all of God’s children this giving season.


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Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall 1101 Cleveland Blvd. Caldwell November 11th at 11:00 a.m.

November 1 10 AM-12 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 10 AM-3:30 PM: Department of Labor at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 1-4 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 6 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department, 110 S. 5th Ave. November 2 1-4 PM: Senior Game Day, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. 5:30-6:30 PM: Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Members Meeting. MYAC holds meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in the Community Room at the Caldwell Police Station. 7-9 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo Presents: Miracle on Blaine Street. To benefit local Veteran & Youth Programs. O’Connor Field House, 2207 Blaine Street. Free Admission. November 3 5-10 PM: D&D and Pathfinder, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. November 4 10 AM: Tai Chi & Qigong (Hubler Airport Terminal) (ages 18+). 10:30 AM: Rediscovered Books Caldwell, garden. 802 Arthur St. 1 PM: Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting: Treasure Valley Chiropractic, 1016 E. Chicago St., Suite 105. 5 PM: Grand Prize Announcement! Oakes Brothers and our sponsors are proud to present an art competition and exhibit highlighting “What Inspires You.” The display spotlights four local artists with a fundraiser benefiting Caldwell Fine Arts. Oake Brothers Marketplace, 718 Main St. 5-6 PM: Danielle Higley - First Friday - Book Signing, Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. 5-10 PM: Magic the Gathering, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St. All money raised will support Idaho Veterans. November 5 9 AM-3 PM: The Caldwell P.E.O. Bazaar has returned. Come to Caldwell Airport’s Hubler Terminal, 4814 E. Linden, Caldwell. 2-3:30 PM: Kids Connect Participate in our provided activity or

November 5 (continued) bring your own to share with friends. (ages 7-15), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn. 6 PM-Midnight: Magic the Gathering Commander Casual, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. November 6 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS All Day: Day of Prayer and Fasting for Gratitude Idaho. JOIN US & INVITE OTHERS! A Facebook event can be found at Day of Prayer & Fasting for Gratitude IDAHO November 7 November 7-13 is Idaho Family Reading Week! Pick up free activity kits from the library while supplies last, 1010 Dearborn. November 8: ELECTION DAY 10 AM-12 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 10 AM-3:30 PM: Department of Labor at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 11:30 AM-12:30 PM: November Noon Break Luncheon: Farm Family of the Year. Simplot Dining Hall, C of I Campus, call 208-459-7493 to RSVP and purchase tickets. 1-4 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. November 9 1-4 PM: Senior Game Day, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. November 10 2 PM: Thursday Afternoon Read We will be reading and discussing “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah (ages 18+), Library, 1010 Dearborn. 3 PM: Laundromat Storytime at Get the Funk Out Laundromat. 5:30-8 PM: Caldwell Chamber Business After Hours: Mesquite Creek Outfitters, 712 Main St. 5-10 PM: D&D and Pathfinder, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. November 11 VETERANS DAY 10 AM: Tai Chi & Qigong (Hubler Airport Terminal) (ages 18+). 10 AM-6 PM: City of Caldwell Holiday Craft Bazaar, O’Connor Field House, 2207 Blaine St. Admission $1. 10:30 AM: Rediscovered Books Caldwell, garden. 802 Arthur St. 5-10 PM: Magic the Gathering, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. November 12 8:30 AM-12 PM: Rake Up Caldwell and Food Drive. The City of Caldwell is partnering with local Boy Scout troops for a two-fold

November 12 (continued) purpose. Register by email: Bkida@ Register as a team or individual. 9 AM-5 PM: City of Caldwell Holiday Craft Bazaar, O’Connor Field House, 2207 Blaine St. Admission $1. 6 PM-Midnight: Magic the Gathering Commander Casual, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. November 14 10:30 AM: Baby Storytime (ages 0-2), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn. November 15 10 AM-12 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 10 AM-3:30 PM: Department of Labor at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 10:30 AM: Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-6), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn. 1-4 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 6 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department, 110 S. 5th Ave. November 16 10:30 AM: Music & Movement (ages 2-6), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn. 1-4 PM: Senior Game Day, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. 3:30 PM: Afterschool Fun: Aerospace - Parachutes (in partnership with University of Idaho 4H) (ages 5-12), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn. 5:30-6:30 PM: Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Members Meeting. MYAC holds meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in the Community Room at the Caldwell Police Station. November 17 8-9 AM: Caldwell Chamber Coffee Connect sponsored by Cushing Terrell, 702 Main St., 2nd floor. 10:30 AM: Toddler Storytime (ages 2-6), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn. 3:30 PM: Farmway Aftershool Program at Farmway Village. 4:30 PM: Teen Thursday: Hydro Dipping (ages 13-17), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn. 6-7:30 PM: LatinX Book Club November 2022, Book of the Month: Velvet was the Night by Silva MorenoGarcia, Rediscovered Books. 6:30 PM: Thursday Evening Read - We will be reading and discussing “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah (ages 18+), Caldwell Library. 5-10 PM: D&D and Pathfinder, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave.

November 18 10 AM: Tai Chi & Qigong (Hubler Airport Terminal) (ages 18+). 10:30 AM: Rediscovered Books Caldwell, garden. 802 Arthur St. 11AM: Caldwell Public Library at the Caldwell Senior Center. 5-10 PM: Magic the Gathering, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. 6 PM: Winter Wonderland! Every year, the City of Caldwell decorates Indian Creek in downtown Caldwell with over a million lights! 6-9 PM: Santa Pictures at the Train Depot Plaza, 701 Main St. November 19 2 PM: Optimist Family Movie - Come watch “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank” (Rated PG) at the library. Snacks provided! (all ages), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn. 6 PM-Midnight: Magic the Gathering Commander Casual, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave.. 6 PM: Winter Wonderland! Every year, the City of Caldwell decorates Indian Creek in downtown Caldwell with over a million lights! 6-9 PM: Santa Pictures at the Train Depot Plaza, 701 Main St. November 20 6 PM: Winter Wonderland! Every year, the City of Caldwell decorates Indian Creek in downtown Caldwell with over a million lights! 6-9 PM: Santa Pictures at the Train Depot Plaza, 701 Main St. November 21 THANKSGIVING BREAK through November 25 for Caldwell School District, Vallivue School District & Elevate Academy! November 22 10 AM-12 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 10 AM-3:30 PM: Department of Labor at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 10:30 AM: Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-6), Library, 1010 Dearborn. 1-4 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. November 23 10:30 AM: Music & Movement (ages 2-6), Library, 1010 Dearborn. 1-4 PM: Senior Game Day, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. 3:30 PM: Afterschool Fun: Aerospace - Lift & Weight (in partnership with University of Idaho 4H) (ages 5-12), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

November 23 6:30-8:30 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, 621 Cleveland Blvd. November 24


November 25 10 AM: Tai Chi & Qigong (Hubler Airport Terminal) (ages 18+). 10:30 AM: Rediscovered Books Caldwell, garden. 802 Arthur St. 5-10 PM: Magic the Gathering, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. November 26 4-7 PM: Disabled American Veterans Spaghetti Dinner/fundraiser, Caldwell Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 1101 Cleveland Blvd. 6 PM-Midnight: Magic the Gathering Commander Casual, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. November 28 10:30 AM: Baby Storytime (ages 0-2), Library, 1010 Dearborn. November 29 10 AM-12 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 10 AM-3:30 PM: Department of Labor at the Library, 1010 Dearborn. 10:30 AM: Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-6), Library, 1010 Dearborn. 1-4 PM: WICAP at the Library. November 30 10:30 AM: Music & Movement (ages 2-6), Caldwell, 1010 Dearborn. 1-4 PM: Senior Game Day, Rubiayat Books & Games, 314 S. 6th Ave. 3:30 PM: Afterschool Fun: Aerospace - Foam Rockets (in partnership with University of Idaho 4H) (ages 5-12), Library, 1010 Dearborn.

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Canyon County Festival of Trees Return for In-Person Event in 2022

The Canyon County Festival of Trees returns to the Ford Idaho Sports Center and board members are

excited to announce an inperson event for 2022. “The festival is a holiday tradition for many families in our community and we are thrilled to bring all of the beloved premiere events back, in-person for the public to experience!” said Amanda Straight, Board Co-President. The community is invited to check out trees, vendors and visit Santa at the Canyon County Festival of Trees on Friday, November 25 from 12 pm - 7 pm and Saturday, November 26 from 11 am - 5 pm. Tickets will be available at the door. A list of vendors and stage entertainment can be viewed at “This year’s festival will feature our first-ever tree that we will be raffling off to a community member, giving festival-goers the chance to win a

beautifully decorated tree for their home,” said Jeff Dunlap, Board Co-President. Tickets can be purchased on the website for Breakfast With Santa (Saturday, November 26 at 8:30 a.m.), Cocktails and Canvas (Saturday, November 26 at 6 p.m.), and the Gala and Auction (Monday, November 28 at 5:30 p.m.). The board is still accepting donations for trees or wreaths, simply fill out the form found at www.2cfestivaloftrees. com All funds from the event benefit the Nampa and Caldwell Meals on Wheels programs. The need for both programs combined has increased by more than 70 percent. “The need for Meals on Wheels has increased exponentially over the past couple of years. The reasons

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It seems like a small thing I know, God bless him or her. There are some truly good people all around us. I meet them every time I go out. When we go to the Dr., Dentist, lunch, or drive-thru, we encounter kindness everywhere. My motto is, “smile and the whole world smiles back at you.” -E.C. via Nexdoor

for this growth are that Baby Boomers are aging out, and more and more seniors are coming to this area to retire,” said Tonia Bradshaw, festival board member and Nampa Meals on Wheels Coordinator. “Many of these folks have virtually no face-to-face contact with anyone else for days at a time. The huge benefit of home delivered meals to seniors dealing with sickness and our at-risk neighbors cannot be overstated.” said Julie Warwick, festival board member and

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Caldwell Police Department News

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During a Caldwell City Council meeting on October 20th, Shawn Sopoaga was sworn into the Caldwell Police Department as Caldwell Police Department’s new Deputy Chief. Deputy Chief Sopoaga comes to us from Boise PD, where he served as a recruiting coordinator, watch commander and lieutenant. His 16 years of police experience also includes serving as the Commander of the Humboldt County Regional Drug Task Force and SWAT Commander. The Deputy Chief’s position will include managing day to day operations from investigation to patrol. Sopoaga has

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L to R Newly sworn in members of Caldwell Police Department: Officers Moises Montes, Dwight Penkey, Nilton Melara and Deputy Chief Shawn Sopoaga. earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Northern Colorado, and a M.S. in Law Enforcement Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego. He has attended the Sherman Block P.O.S.T. Leadership Institute and holds multiple P.O.S.T certificates. He is a member of the Police Research Forum, The National Tactical Officers Association and the International Associa-

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tion of Chiefs of Police. Deputy Chief Sopoaga is inspired by Chief Ingram’s leadership style and feels that combining his own leadership style will benefit the department as we move forward in taking care of our people both internally in the department and externally in our community. He plans on accomplishing this through engagement, transparency, and communication. Deputy Chief Sopoaga was born in Hawaii, but much to our disappointment, he doesn’t hula. He is married and has three children and two high maintenance French Bulldogs. None of them hula, either. Also sworn in were three new officers: Moises Montes, Nilton Melara and Dwight Penkey. Moises Montes was born in Caldwell and began his law enforcement career in 2009 as a Level 1 Reserve Officer for the Homedale Police Department and later transferred to the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Department in 2015. Officer

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protect and serve our great city,” Caldwell Chief of Police Rex Ingram said. This October we celebrated two retirements from the Caldwell Police Department . Detective Cheryl Wendell began her career in 2002 as a Community Service Officer. In 2004, she was sworn in as a police officer, and the last 16 years was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Div. working crimes against persons and property crimes. Thank you for 20 years of service! Rod Hutton is retiring after ten years of service with the CPD. He has served as a patrol officer and spent the last six years as an SRO. It has been an honor and privilege to work with both of you, you will be missed. We hope you both enjoy your welldeserved retirement. We want to thank Heart ‘n Home Hospice and Palliative Care - Caldwell for bringing in treats to show their appreciation to our agency for helping locate a dementia patient on a recent call.

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CHS Enrichment Programs Help Students Soar to Success

CHS Scholar Julissa Hernandez Alejandre Doctor for a Day According to Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French, October was a busy and successful one for Caldwell School District. In keeping with the school’s mission to ensure equity and access for all students, several special programs have had early school year successes. TRiO Upward Bound, Doctor for a Day, and The Caldwell Youth Forum have provided students with unique, oneof-a-kind experiences they will never forget. TRiO: Trio Upward Bound and Talent Search Programs prepare students for higher education via several enrichment courses throughout the school year

Students practice what they have learned at “Doctor for a Day.”

and beyond. The organization helps with mentoring, study skills, financial aid, scholarships, and many other resources. Senior Julissa Hernandez Alejandre was able to spend a five-week institute program at Princeton University, which prepared her to apply to some of the nation’s most prestigious Colleges and Universities. “I never thought I would be on a campus like Princeton,” said Julissa. “I think it reassured me that I am going to be okay if I go far away for college, and it’s something that pushes me to apply to more selective institutions. I know I was on Princeton’s

Caldwell Youth Forum Representatives pose at the C of I gym.

campus for a reason, and I can be on other campuses like that again.” The Doctor for a Day program is designed to encourage and inspire students who are underrepresented in their communities to think about pursuing a career in healthcare after graduation. In early October, five doctors from Full Circle Health worked with CHS students. They set up hands-on stations such as exam skills, suturing, and interviewing patients. Students already enrolled in CNA, Pharmacy Tech, Medical Assisting, and related courses learned about body systems from some of the most talented professionals in the field. “Having students experience just a glimpse of what they will learn, how the doctors interact with patients, and how they interact with the population is beneficial for students,” said Dr. Sarah Gerrish. Caldwell Youth Forum The Caldwell Youth Forum provides resources for students and helps foster a positive learning atmosphere of ownership and responsibility. After a two-year

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hiatus, the forum, hosted by The College of Idaho, has returned with amazing success. Sixty select students from Caldwell and other local High Schools met together in October to exchange ideas and implement plans to improve campus culture. In turn, representatives present the information to their peers. The forum serves as a component of the Caldwell Youth Master Plan Committee, which, according to the City of Caldwell Website, “was adopted to provide a framework to enhance the life and safety of Caldwell’s youth and children.” Its initiatives are strategically categorized into six categories: Out-of-school time, education and workforce readiness, safety, commu-

nity involvement, health and wellness, and communication and relationships. The invitation-only group is encouraged to work with school faculty to become actively involved in their schools as they plan for the future.

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Caldwell Fire Department Tips To Keep You Safe

With the weather cooling down and the holidays around the corner, the Caldwell Fire Department wants to share ways that you can protect yourself and home from fire. During the winter months we see an increase in structure

fires due to home heating and cooking. We want to ensure that you can enjoy the holidays and stay warm while also staying safe. One in seven home fires and one in five home fire deaths involve heating equipment. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. By being aware and taking simple precautions you can prevent fire from happening in your home. Here are ways that you can stay safe from fire

this winter: 1. Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year before use. 2. Only plug one heating appliance into an outlet at a time. 3. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment. 4. Never use an oven or stovetop to heat your home. 5. Ensure all space heaters have a tip over shut off system. 6. Never leave any heating

November 2022 Allie Edwards, Caldwell Fire Department Assistant Fire Prevention Officer

equipment on when you are sleeping or when no one is home. 7. Never leave any cooking unattended. 8. Keep the counter clear from anything flammable. What to do if a heating equipment fire occurs in your home: 1. If it is safe, turn off the heating equipment and disconnect it from the power source. 2. If you have a fire extinguisher available use it to extinguish any fire.

3. If the fire is too large, call 911 and alert everyone to evacuate the house. What to do if a cooking fire occurs in your home: 1. Turn of the cooking appliance. 2. Keep the door to the appliance closed or place a lid over the fire. 3. If the fire does not stay contained from doing steps 1 and 2, then locate a fire extinguisher if it is accessible. 4. If the fire is too large, call 911 and alert everyone to evacuate the house.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Car Joins CPD Fleet

Page 7 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE Char Jackson, Public Information Officer, City of Caldwell

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November 2022

Advocates Against Family Violence & Caldwell Police Department The Caldwell Police Department and Advocates Against Family Violence (AAFV) are proud to unveil the CPD Domestic Violence Awareness patrol car. The event was held on October 24, at 11 a.m. at the AAFV campus at 1508 Hope Lane in Caldwell. “Advocates Against Family Violence is so very honored to be working with the Caldwell Police Department in efforts to

This is an exciting month at our home, because Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Michael makes me wait until after Thanksgiving dinner to decorate for Christmas. I have noticed lights being put in the trees in town so that during Winter Wonderland the town transforms into a beautiful village that belongs in a snow globe. The stores are filled with Christmas treasures and I cannot wait to

Domestic Violence Awareness Patrol Car

end domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and what a way to close out bringing more awareness to the community. However, it’s not just about awareness. Domestic abuse is a social epidemic. All victims and survivors need to know they are not alone and at AAFV we have advocates and support systems to assist them on their journey to freedom,” says Kim Deugan,

Executive Dir., AAFFV. “This purple ribbon car provides us the opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence in our community and the harm it does to families. It reinforces to the community that individuals can get help from law enforcement and from organizations like Advocates Against Family Violence who provide critical services like counseling, housing and other resources to


by Chantele Hensel, Caldwell Perspective

buy my one allotted decoration for the 2022 season. My grandmother and role model was Swedish and the heritage is rich in Christmas traditions, that she taught me, I have taught my kids and now I have the greatest privilege to teach my granddaughter. I would love to hear your traditions and the story of how you learned them. If you can, send me an email at editor@caldwell- or mail a letter to Caldwell Perspective, PO Box 922, Caldwell, ID 83606. Who knows maybe there is a young family who is looking to begin a tradition, you just may be their inspiration. Hope to hear from you soon! You can bet I will have a couple coming in the next edition of the Caldwell Perspective.

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help victims and help break the cycle of violence,” said Rex Ingram, Caldwell Chief of Police. TO REPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Caldwell area residents can call 911 or contact dispatch by calling 208-4547531. If you or someone you know needs help, you can also call the AAFV 24-hour domestic

violence hotline at (208) 4594779. We want to thank The Sign Shoppe of Caldwell who worked with Caldwell PD to design the Domestic Violence Awareness patrol car. This car joins two other specialty cars in the CPD fleet, a College of Idaho car and a Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness car.

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New Perspective for Kiwanians

November 2022

Bill Morrow, former president, giving Dave Fraley the president’s pin as a newly-elected president. Our Kiwanis Club of Caldwell took a big step into the post-COVID era as we celebrated the start

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of our 102nd year of existence at our Annual Banquet. Dakan Funeral Home hosted the event in their

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Community Center, and Mr Vi’s Restaurant served us a fantastic prime rib dinner with a delicious selection of homemade pies. Over 20 members and friends spent a very enjoyable evening together. Our club’s new president, Dave Fraley, commented that this was not only a celebration of many years of service to the community, but also a celebration of friendship between members and our love for the Caldwell community. This new year will be challenging for the club as we renew ties to the community through our service projects and bi-monthly

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meetings. Recruiting new members is also a priority as David Ferdinand has joined us as leader of the club’s Strengthening and Recruitment activities. Utah-Idaho Kiwanis Governor, Guy Blair, was in attendance to assure the club of the support of Kiwanis International. We sense that our children and youth are more than ever in need of organizations like ours to help them navigate a ever more complicated path to responsible citizenship. Kiwanis International exists to provide opportunities for our kids that might not exist without concerned

adults taking the time and using their resources to come alongside them. Our club membership is open to everyone. We are constantly looking for new ways to serve. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 12h00 in the Kaley Auditorium at West Valley Hospital. You are invited to join us for a meeting to meet us and, eventually, join us in serving Caldwell’s kids. You may contact our club’s president at Or, you may click on our Facebook Page (under construction) at Kiwanis Club of Caldwell, Idaho.

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Dogtoberfest Delights Four-legged Friends and their Humans

by Valerie Christensen, Caldwell Perspective Matt Bevington/Instagram@ magnus_the_porgi

November 2022

Where can a toy breed pup in a tutu make friends with a freshly soaked Golden Retriever from a splash pad? At Dogtoberfest, of course! On Saturday, October 8th from 1 - 5 PM, Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell welcomed a crowd of four-legged friends, accompanied by their owners, to enjoy a memorable autumn day together. Because animals are usually banned from the plaza, it was a unique opportunity for leashed, well-behaved dogs to socialize with other breeds. No aggressive animals were allowed, and dogs were required to be calm with other animals, adults, children, and crowds. Dogs were also required to be at least 4 months old, in good health, and up to date on

their vaccinations. At the event, dog lovers enjoyed talking to other like-minded owners as they shared stories and laughed as their pets got to know each other. Cleveland Pet Hospital sponsored the entertainment for Dogtoberfest and invited The Edelweiss Band from Boise to perform. The atmosphere was festive as the group played the German “Oompah” and attendees enjoyed plentiful food and drink offerings. For owners, several Indian Creek restaurants were open for business and furry guests were offered gourmet dog treats. Several Shelter Dogs were also brought to the event in hopes of finding a forever home. Amid the many booths and shopping

opportunities, the schedule of the day’s events included a Weiner Dog race, costume contest, and Stein-holding contest. Matt Bevington, who attended with his 5-month-old Corgi mix, said his favorite part of the event was the great chance to socialize with other dogs. He was pleased with how “Magnus” made friends with other breeds and seemed genuinely interested in them. After participating in the afternoon’s activities, the owner and pup relaxed by the banks of the creek before heading home. “ He had so much fun, he slept all the way home,” Matt said. They are already excited to attend next year’s event.


Idaho Pocahontas Chapter of Caldwell announces the D.A.R. Essay Contest. This is a national contest for all schools, parochial and home-schools, for 5th through 12th grades. For the American History contest, 5th through 8th grades, the students will write about “A Delegate to the Second Continental Congress”. One winning essay will be awarded for each grade to proceed to the state level.

For the high school contest. the student is to select a figure, man or woman, from the era of the American Revolution. Only one winning essay will be awarded from the four high school grades to proceed to the state level. All specific requirements are described on the instruction sheet and must be followed correctly. This sheet can be obtained from Nancy Baxter, The deadline is December

14,2022, for the essays to be received by Mrs. Baxter. The Daughters of the American Revolution is devoted to the preservation of our constitutional republic, to our nation’s history and to patriotic education. To become a member, it is necessary to prove a genealogical lineage to a participant, man or woman, who fought in the Revolutionary War. For more information, please contact Lorene Oates,

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Caldwell Mayor Participating in Annual Mayor’s Walking Challenge day during October to earn $500 for their community • Walk an average of 10,000 steps a day during October to earn $1,000 for their community “I am happy to be part of this challenge. It is a great way to get out in the community and I am proud to be a part of a program that encourages myself, the community, and children, to be physically active,” said Mayor Jarom Wagoner. “Walking is one of the easiest and best things people can do for their health, and we appreciate the record number of Idaho mayors who are participating in the Mayor’s Walking Challenge,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle,

Char Jackson, Public Information Officer, City of Caldwell Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. “These mayors are doing something great for their own health while setting a good example and earning funds for their communities.” Since the Mayor’s Walking Challenge became a statewide event in 2018, Idaho mayors have earned $271,000 for their communities. Those funds have contributed to a variety of projects and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle across Idaho, including playgrounds, physical education equipment for schools, walking clubs, amenities at parks, scholarships for youth programs, and Annual Mayor’s Walking Challenge more. by Sheila McGregor

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Caldwell Mayor Jarom Wagoner is one of a record 98 Idaho mayors participating in the Mayor’s Walking Challenge, a program of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health that promotes the importance of physical activity. Yesterday, the Mayor walked with students at Sacajawea Elementary School and has visited other Caldwell schools this month as well. The challenge takes place during October and rewards mayors for walking during the month. Idaho mayors can earn up to $1,000 for their efforts and have two chances to earn funds for their communities. Mayors can: • Walk an average of 5,000 steps a

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Supporting veterans is a worthy endeavor at any time of year, though such efforts tend to be more prominent in November. Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11 in honor of the millions of individuals across the United States who are military veterans. The day coincides with holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other countries and also honor military veterans. There’s no denying that veterans need the support of the people whose freedoms they protect. According to a 2021 study from researchers at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, the percentage of veterans with disabilities is significantly higher among post-9/11 veterans (40 percent) than it was with veterans from previous eras (25 percent for Gulf War I veterans and 13 percent for veterans of previous wars). Veterans can benefit from support legislated by elected officials in Washington, D.C., but there’s also many things ordinary citizens can do to show how much they appreciate the sacrifices veterans and their families have made and will make in the years to come.

• Visit wounded veterans. The United States Census Bureau reports that more than one-third of the nearly 3.8 million men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since September 2001 have a service-connected disability. Many of these individuals are fighting to overcome physical injuries sustained while on active duty. Individuals who want to show their support for veterans can contact their local VA facility to arrange a visit to wounded veterans. Such visits can lift veterans’ spirits and reassure them that their sacrifices are both acknowledged and appreciated. • Support legislation that supports veterans. Though it might seem like a nobrainer, legislation to support veterans often faces an uphill battle to get passed. By supporting legislation that ensures veterans get the support they need, individuals can send a message to veterans that they haven’t been forgotten and that the very democratic principles they fought to protect are alive and well. Citizens can write letters to their elected officials, urging them to support veteran-friendly legislation, and raise awareness of bills and laws through social

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Communication: A Key Ingredient for Thanksgiving Dinner If yours will be among millions of families sharing a table with extended family this Thanksgiving, it may bring feelings of anticipation and excitement. Sometimes, however, turkey day gatherings can produce feelings of anxiety and even dread. Joseph Eliezer, registered psychotherapist, explains that while families often provide a safe, caring environment, their members “seldom live up to our expectations.” Our own needs may remain unmet as we contemplate the possibility of negative memories, awkward conversations, or even conflict. While there’s no question that being in proximity with loved ones can be stressful, it can also be an opportunity to form loving bonds while working on a skill that provides one of the important items in the traditional feast - effective communication. Try the following strategies to shift your perspective, connect with loved ones, and look forward to a happy, comfortable holiday gathering: Communicate special needs and expectations ahead of time: Whether you are a host or

guest, it’s important to remember that everyone plans big occasions differently. Aunt Madge may be a stickler for following detailed lists and itineraries while your family flies by the seat of their pants. That’s why it’s important to communicate mutual needs well ahead of time in a respectful way. We can’t expect even close family members to be mind readers. If you need to put a child down in the afternoon during a scheduled event, saying so ahead of time can prevent hurt feelings if you won’t be present for a well-planned activity. It’s also reasonable for hosting family members to ask their guests how they envision their visit, including if they plan to stay long and if it will include overnight accommodations. Discussing dietary needs ahead of time will also go far and ensure everyone has plenty to eat at the feast. If your child is allergic to popular food, offer to bring a side dish reserved especially for him. It’s important not to push food restrictions on other family members. Before showing up at a relative’s house with

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little ones, it’s important to let children know what is expected of them when they are a guest in someone else’s home. Get down to their level and speak with them at a peaceful time about what the rules will be and the consequences for breaking them. That way, parents will be less likely to discipline out of anger or frustration. It will also prevent potential embarrassment when all eyes are on your wildly misbehaving child. Children will already understand the causeand-effect relationship of their actions for misbehavior. If your child needs a time-out from positive interaction with adults, they should be removed firmly and quietly - with as little fanfare as possible to avoid negative attention. That’s where natural consequences of actions do the work for you! Avoid sensitive or “hot” topics at the table: The surest way for collective heartburn would be for someone to pose a question or comment that alienates, makes fun of, puts a family member on the spot, or stirs up pain or animosities. Unless your family thrives on lively debates, it’s important to remember that over the past few years, families have been through some of the toughest times in recent history. It’s safe to assume everyone at the table will be bringing their own share of trauma, baggage, and heartache. In an increasingly divided society, it’s become more important than ever to think before we speak to avoid an open door to family conflict and disharmony. That includes respecting the potentially diverse viewpoints of each family member. Think of the kind of questions or comments and potential consequences of saying them aloud (and if the communication is even necessary in

the first place). Sometimes, it’s better to “just shoot the breeze” with family members instead of believing every communication with them must be a fact-finding or opinion-sharing mission. At the same time, it’s important to show grace and forgiveness if someone inadvertently offends you. Remember that most of the things we sweat, swear, or otherwise get worked up about are of really no consequence (will not endanger self or others) and will extinguish by themselves simply by doing...nothing. There will always be the one dinner guest, it seems, who loves to get a rise out of as many people as possible. This is when we should choose our battles wisely and put undesirable behavior on extinction (ignore the off-color comment). If cousin Joe just won’t retreat, displaying empathy and understanding for his position (while standing calmly and firmly for your own), may earn stunned silence from the agitator. At the very least, they’ll discover it’s not extremely rewarding to have a one-way shouting or insult match. Results may not be immediate, but if families practice this technique, they will have the ability to diffuse any otherwise win-less argument. Listen, listen, listen. When we show family members that we care enough to really listen to them, we develop a sense of connectedness with each other and a peace in our environment. There are two types of communication, verbal and nonverbal. Sometimes what we communicate nonverbally is even more important than the words we use. In a generational situation, the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree. Typically, parents who take time to listen to their children have children who

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listen to theirs. We often have a lot to tell them, but we don’t always listen and hear what they are really trying to say. Having effective communication does require conscious effort. However, it doesn’t always need to be in isolated or face to face context to be effective. Sometimes taking a walk, playing basketball, or doing the dishes together after the main meal offers some great opportunities to talk to one another. With today’s busy lifestyles, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to listen and be heard by the people who can be our greatest cheerleaders if we let them. The holidays can be a particularly tough time for families who have recently lost a loved one. Each person experiences the grieving process in a unique way, but according to the American Psychological Association, it’s a healthy coping strategy in general to lend a listening ear to someone who wants to talk about the deceased. Sharing memories or funny stories is much more helpful than avoiding the subject, which can slow the healing process. When someone shares to such a degree, it’s imperative the listener hears “with their eyes” to communicate caring. It may sometimes be necessary to paraphrase or repeat back what a loved one is saying, so you really understand the meaning behind their words. When we would like a family member to listen to us, it’s important to invite but not demand it of them. The context of communication taking place will never matter as much as its quality. With the bustle of making sure our Turkey is deliciously moist and golden rolls are risen, nix the temptation to get distracted and forget about the people you are most thankful for - your family.

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Page 13 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE We’re only one month into fall and it feels like winter now. I went to a conference the third weekend in October and before I left it was 78 degrees and everything was green. I wrote a note to myself upon my return, to mow my lawn, pick remaining peaches, grapes, apples and water my potted flowers. I come back my grape vines are yellow and brown, my trees almost yellow and dropping leaves and mowing the lawn is a leaf recovery mission now. I While firearm accidents are rare, human error or inattention is the leading cause Statistics from the National Shooting Sports Foundation show that hunting with firearms is actually one of the safest recreational activities in the country. That’s not to say that accidents can’t happen, and practicing safe firearm handling can greatly reduce the risk. In recent years, about 280,000 people annually hunted in Idaho. Even with that many people in the field, there are typically very few, if any, hunting accidents involving firearms in Idaho. “Although there are very few firearms-related hunting accidents, we’d prefer to have none,” said Brenda Beckley, Fish and Game’s Hunter Education Administrator. ”Among the most common causes of the accidents we have is when firearms are loaded when they shouldn’t be — such as putting it into or removing it from a vehicle — or while navigating through rough terrain. Those accidents are easily avoided if you adhere to the basics of firearm safety.” In the hopes of avoiding firearm accidents whether hunting (or target shooting), Fish and Game offers these guidelines: 1. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded. When another person hands you a firearm, assume it is loaded even if you are told it is not. Ask anyone handing you a firearm to open the action before they hand it to you. 2. Always control the muzzle


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was only gone for four days. I bring that up to show you (especially the recently arrived) that our weather in this valley can change very quickly. Today, as I write this column, there is a very dense fog which makes it very difficult to mow lawns and pick up leaves because of the moisture. It’s time now for fall pruning and reduction of some shrubs. If you don’t know or are unsure of your plants proper pruning needs then don’t prune beyond a little tidying up. I recommend taking pictures of your plants and going to a garden center or nursery and ask what plant it is and how to prune. Or there are apps now that you can

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buy that will identify the plant and provide information. But, my number one rule is don’t over prune going into winter. We never know just how harsh our winters will be and over pruning can take that protective coat of branches away from the heart of the plant (roots) and expose it to extreme cold. You can always finish reducing the size of that plant in early spring before bud break. Another suggestion for cleanup of flower beds. Annual flowers, completely remove and work the soil. This opens soils up for better moisture retention and aerates the soil for next spring. Perennials should be cleaned up but not necessarily all of above ground foli-

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age. This is a good reminder of where they are come springtime and so you don’t mistake them for weeds and either spray or hoe them out. Also loosen the soil around them as well so roots can spread more freely overtime. Lastly ground spreading shrubs or perennials, if they are getting too big and invading and shrinking your annual color spots, fall is an excellent time to reduce these. Take a flat shovel and file a sharp edge to the blade of the shovel. Use ground spray paint to mark where you want to cut the plant to for shaping. With both hands on shovel strike the paint markings through the plant into the soil to cut off the ex-

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of your firearm. As long as the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction, it is unlikely someone will get hurt, even if the firearm discharges unexpectedly. A safety is a mechanical device which can fail, so there is no instance where you can disregard the muzzle’s direction simply because the safety is on. 3. Never touch the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Keep your fingers away from the trigger while loading or unloading. Never pull the trigger on any firearm with the safety on or anywhere in between “safe” and “fire.” Again, the gun’s safety serves as a supplement to proper gun handling but does not serve as a substitute for common sense. 4. Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot. Carry and use binoculars to check out the hillside. Never look through your scope at something you can’t identify. 5. Be certain of your target (and what is beyond it). A safe hunter makes certain that movement or sound is a game animal that is in season before pointing a muz-

zle. Prior to taking a shot, a hunter must check the background for other people, livestock, buildings, equipment or roads to make sure there is a safe backstop. Mistaking a person for game is one of the most common causes of hunting accidents, which can be serious or fatal. One way to make sure every other person in the field can clearly identify you is by wearing hunter orange. While a safety measure recommended for those on both sides of the gun, Idaho is one of few states where hunter orange is not required, except for hunters on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked during the pheasant season. A hunter orange hat meets this requirement. 6. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting. Make a habit to check your barrel often. Even a small obstruction in the bore can cause the barrel to bulge or worse … explode. The same can happen by placing a smaller gauge or caliber cartridge into a gun, such as a 20-gauge shell in a 12-gauge shotgun. This

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can result in the smaller cartridge acting as an obstruction when a cartridge of proper size is fired. Always pay close attention to each cartridge you insert into your firearm and only carry the correct ammunition for the gun you’re carrying. 7. Never cross a fence, climb a tree or do anything potentially hazardous with a loaded gun. There will be times when common sense and the basic rules of firearms safety will require you to unload your gun for maximum safety. Never pull or push a loaded firearm toward yourself or another person. 8. Store firearms and ammunition separately. While most gun owners consider this most of the year, many leave

guns and ammunition in their vehicles during the hunting season. Firearms should be unloaded for safety when in the vehicle. Ammunition should always remain inaccessible to children. 9. Alcohol and guns don’t mix. If there is alcohol in your hunting camp, make certain all firearms are put away before the alcohol comes out. Taking out ol’ Grandad’s 70-year-old wood stock rifle to show your buddies after you’ve had a few beers can lead to a tragic mistake. 10. Don’t be timid when it comes to gun safety. Don’t hesitate to let your hunting partners know when you think they are putting themselves or others at risk. Gun safety starts with you.

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As the days cool, autumn cooking starts to heat up. If soup hasn’t yet been on the menu, then now is the time to explore new recipes that can warm us up from the inside out. Soup can be customized with flavors that evoke the spirit of autumn. Ingredients like pumpkin, warming spices like cinnamon and cayenne and peanut butter come together in this recipe for “Vegan Pumpkin Peanut

Butter Soup,” courtesy of The National Peanut Board and Abra Pappa of “Abra’s Kitchen.” Pumpkin Peanut Butter Soup Serves 10 2 large leeks, sliced 1 tablespoon coconut oil 8 cups fresh pumpkin puree 1 cup creamy peanut butter 4 cups vegetable broth 14 ounces coconut milk (1 can) 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons Chinese fivespice powder (or 1 tea spoon cinnamon) 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pep per Toppings: Sriracha sauce Coconut yogurt Fresh roasted pumpkin: Purchase a “pie pumpkin” (also called a “sweet pumpkin”), which are typically


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teaspoon salt. Sauté for 5 to 8 minutes or until leeks are soft and creamy. Add vegetable stock, pumpkin puree, peanut butter, coconut milk, and spices to pot. Stir well to combine, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Working in batches,

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Oakes Brothers Present Art Competition Please join us on Friday, November 4 at 5pm for the Grand Prize Announcement! Oakes Brothers and our sponsors are proud to present an art competition and exhibit highlighting “What Inspires You.” The display spotlights four local artists with a fundraiser benefiting Caldwell Fine Arts. You’ll find the exhibit on our lower basement level. Grand Prize Winner announced during Historic Downtown Caldwell’s First Friday November 4, 2022 from 5p-8p. Join the party downstairs with free nibbles and a no-host wine and beer bar. Finalists are competing with a provided 3’ x 5’ wood panel for a Grand Prize of $100 Oakes Bros Bucks (good at all our shops), delicious dinner for two at Casa Anejo (value $64), and their choice of two tickets to either the

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February 2015

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We sell everything we can grow in Idaho. But before all this was a fruit stand it was just a gas station. It only became a fruit stand from the late 50s to early 90s. After that it got shut down until two local farmers bought it in 2016 and created Lakeview Fruit

together. Those farmers are Tom Baxter and Chad Hanggeler. The manager of Lakeview Fruit is Fine Dowen. This particular fruit stand has great customer service and we grow everything that we can. Some things we bring in from other places around Idaho

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but everything we have is local. Some fruit stands claim to be local but we actually are. But one thing about us we don’t say we are organic but we don’t

spray our produce. If we really have to spray we use a yeast based spray and it isn’t toxic it just confuses the bugs that are eating our produce. A lot of peo-

ple that come in aren’t very friendly to the staff. Please if you come in to buy our products be nice to the staff.

Employment Scams Targeting College Students With the fall college semester in full swing, many students are now looking for multiple sources of income as they balance their schoolwork and social life. Unfortunately, as they start their search, they may encounter or be solicited by a deceptive employment offer that can cost them money and sensitive personal information. Employment scams have ranked among the top three riskiest scams reported by consumers to BBB since the first Scam Tracker Risk Report was published in 2016. Last year, younger consumers reported losing money at higher rates than their older consumers. In fact, individuals aged 1824 have shown to be the demographic most at risk for highest susceptibility, and monetary loss. Finding a job can be difficult, and students may feel pressure to find work quickly. Here is an inside look from a recent BBB Scam Tracker report, “I’m currently a college student and got contacted to interview for a Finance/ Accounting internship...I read the employment offer and everything looked

real. After I signed the contract (where they have my name, address, date of birth, phone number, email), it started getting suspicious. First, the company sent me a $2,000 check to mobile deposit, so I can Zelle transfer the payment ($860 and $1000) ... I did it, not knowing that the funds would eventually be fraudulent, and I was subject to an employment scam.” She was later contacted by her bank that the check didn’t clear, and she was likely the victim of a job scam. Better Business Bureau encourages students to look for these red flags before accepting a job offer that may feel too good to be true. Some positions are more likely to be scams. Always be wary of workfrom-home, package reshipment, and mystery shopper positions, as well as any job with a generic title such as caregiver, administrative assistant, or customer service rep. Positions that don’t require special training or licensing appeal to a wide range of applicants. Scammers know this and use these


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otherwise legitimate titles in their fake ads. If the job posting is for a well-known brand, check the real company’s job page to see if the position is posted there. Look online; if the job comes up in other cities with the exact same post, it’s likely a scam. Different procedures should raise your suspicion. Any sort of pressure to sign or onboard is a red flag, as legitimate companies will understand that employment choices are big decisions. Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. As qualified as a candidate may be, students should beware of offers made without an interview. A real company will want to talk to a candidate before hiring. Be careful if a company promises great opportunities or a big income under the condition that the applicant pays for coaching, training, certifications, or directories. Never deposit unexpected or fishy checks. Be cautious sharing any kind of personal information (including banking information and credit cards) or accepting any kind of pre-payment. Don’t fall for an overpayment scam; no legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask for money to be wired, sent elsewhere, or returned. Ask for a contract and verify the legitimacy. An employment contract should include a salary, the nature of the position, any terms and conditions, and most importantly, employer information including an address and contact information. If there’s any uncertainty about its legitimacy, students should take that extra step to research and verify the information. The scammer may be impersonating a company or an HR professional. To view and/or report scams in your area, visit For more employment tips, visit

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Come and feel the spirit of Christmas! Bring your friends and family to the “Community Drive-Thru Live Nativity” and rejoice in Christ’s birth. All are invited to this joyous celebration that will be held nightly from 4:007:00 pm at 16989 Hwy. 20/26 in Caldwell on Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 3rd. Wise men will be asking cars where to find Jesus. Shepherds and angels will be proclaiming Jesus’ birth, an Angel Choir will witness of His birth, and the Inn will be full before you pass before Mary & Joseph and Baby Jesus. One of our Nativity visitors last year shared, “As I was waiting to pass the Nativity scene, a shepherd came to my window and announced, “The King of Kings is born!” This phrase went straight to my heart and I was immediately overwhelmed with the love of Christ and deep gratitude for His birth, life, atonement and resurrection. Jesus Christ is

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the greatest gift of all!” Other visitors shared, “This was the best thing I’ve been to this season! We absolutely loved it! This was absolutely was peaceful and brought great joy!” We can be like Mary and Joseph by doing what God wants us to do. We can be like the shepherds and Wise Men by following Jesus Christ. We can be like the angels by telling others the real story of Christmas. And we can be like Jesus by following His example! All are welcome.No cost admission. Come enjoy and take a treat to-go. Join in filling containers labeled as gold, frankincense, and myrrh by bringing donations. Donations are not required, but welcome! We will be set up to collect diaper donations for LOVE INC and shelf-stable foods

like canned soup, tuna, peanut butter, mac & cheese, spaghetti sauce & pasta, holiday dinner food items, and canned fruits & vegetables for the Caldwell Salvation Army. Follow the Facebook event page “Community Drive-Thru Live Nativity 2022” for more details.

My Fellow Veterans PTSD is a subtle and devious problem to deal with. For me, it was very much like having termites and carpenter ants eating at the walls of my house. Everything seemed fine to me. It did not matter that my life, and soul were being hollowed out and the quality of my life was quickly diminishing. I did not care. The problems were due to the actions of others. It, whatever it was, was the fault of others. At least the dog still liked me. It may have been that I was the only one around to throw the Frisbee for her. I did not realize that I was being ground down by the weight that accumulated on my shoulders. It was not my fault. Others were ganging up on me to persecute and place stumbling blocks in my way. Without realizing it, I needed someone to hold a mirror up so I could see the real me in action. When I looked into the mirror, I saw an ugly scene. The mirror held a visage that was broken up, beat up and in great need of repair. Placing fault no longer mattered. I needed mental repair. My


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brain needed medication to repair the wiring harness. Then a healthy dose of mental rearranging. PTSD is a huge moral and structural violation. Both are in need of correction by the appropriate interventions. The VA is eagerly waiting to help in this area. The VA is the place to get chemical function rearranging. Street drugs, or alcohol will only make a bad situation worse. These two are the most used as chemical intervention. In reality they function as a deflection. Having no other solution in sight these two, not counting the further damage done, only add to the load carried. The chemistry in the brain has been altered by the shock suffered. This shock will not go away on its own. Without the needed correction, the brain will self-destruct if given time. The moral rupture will tear at the mind until theologically correct intervention is applied. The application of drugs and alcohol, while considered as

“mind numbing” efforts only help to aid the tearing of the mind. The moral rupture suffered can only be corrected by an outside and objective source of morality that transcends the human mind. It has been my experience that the VA cannot address this facet of PTSD. I went through several Cognitive Behavior Therapy courses. Talking about my mental problems did help once I began talking to the right person. Jesus not only understands the morale aspects of PTSD, but he can also offer solutions and help carry the load. Biblical counseling has made a gigantic difference. Biblical counseling is not a one and done type of effort. As I saw the effects in my life it was obvious to the most casual observer that I wanted to continue with biblical counseling. My ability to cope with my problems has improved. Psalm 146:3,5 clearly identifies the source of mental repair: “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

“Whether you know it or not the doctrine of Christ is the most important thing in your life.” David Carrico

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Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God” On my own, I have not been able to repair the trauma of PTSD. The combination of help from the VA and biblical coun-

seling will help remove the pressure that wants to destroy you. Get help at once. The VA is ready to do their part. There are biblical counselors who are eager to help as well.


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Three Effective Ways to Avoid Relapse and Substance Use over the Holidays Thanksgiving, the December Holidays, and New Year’s can be a joyous celebration with friends and family or an absolute trainwreck. Anyone in recovery or who is struggling with drug addiction often faces an uphill battle during the holidays. It can be challenging to remain sober or not abuse drugs or alcohol in excess. Here are three effective ways to avoid relapse and excessive substance use. One—Maintain boundaries and recognize triggers. Triggers are anything that could cause you to return to drugs and relapse or use drugs and alcohol excessively. This could be the en-

vironment, certain people, or family members, or a lack of adequate food and sleep. Finally, set your boundaries, as not everyone you meet will know that you are in recovery or struggling with addiction. Rehearse what you are going to say when asked. Two—Have an escape plan, and it’s okay not to accept some invitations. “Anyone in recovery from addiction should have an exit plan during the holiday season,” said Marcel Gemme of “Depending on the size of your family or friend group, it is okay not to accept every invitation to holiday parties.” If you know, you will be uncomfortable or expe-

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rience triggers, have these plans in place before each party. Three—Have a support system in place. Whether you are in recovery or struggling with addiction, it is important to have a support system in place. This could include friends or family, 12-step support groups, or other peer support options.

Most addicts have people they turn to when they are sober. Your support system should be there during the holiday season and take advantage of the help. The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends and family, express gratitude, and share family traditions. There can be stress, arguments, and

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pressure, but beneath it all, it is a beautiful time of year to be with family and friends.

7 Fitness Resolutions That Are Easy To Keep Resolutions to get in shape, exercise more and eat healthier foods are popular each January. Optimism reigns when making resolutions, but for many, the difficulty lies in keeping them. Individuals looking to get healthier in the year ahead can try these strategies to stay the course. • Wake up earlier. Waking up a half hour earlier each day can have a substantial impact. That small amount of extra time can be devoted to meditation, deep breathing exercises or even some yoga stretches. • Move around more frequently. Many people with office jobs spend hours sitting in front of computers. A sedentary lifestyle can have an adverse effect on overall health. Set a timer or use a reminder on a fitness tracker to remind you to get up and move around for a little bit

every hour. • Eat more vegetables. Vague goals like “eating better” are difficult to maintain because there is no specific goal to achieve. Rather, a resolution like eating a fruit or vegetable each day at every meal is something measurable. Vegetables can be hidden in favorite foods, such as desserts. Swap pasta noodles for spiralized zucchini as another easy fix. • Stand straighter. Posture tends to decline with age, advises AARP. This can cause the spine to lose flexibility. Stretches to maintain posture can help anyone stand straighter and improve long-term health. • Add “bursts” to your walk. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic tout the benefits of interval training. While highimpact workouts may not be appropriate for everyone, adding little speed bursts to

a daily walk can provide significant health benefits. Aim for 30 to 60 seconds of rapid walking at regular intervals to shake up the workout. • Drink more water. Increasing water intake can help you feel fuller, thus reducing the likelihood that you will overeat. Gradually increase your water intake by adding a few ounces each day until drinking water becomes rote. • Take a workout outside. Switch up your normal routine by making use of the great outdoors to exercise. Instead of three miles on the treadmill or elliptical machine at the gym, opt for three miles on a local hiking trail. Healthy resolutions are easier to keep when you have firm ideas and choose reasonable goals.


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